Who would’ve ever though that one of the most beloved Boston Red Sox players would be buttoning up a New York Yankees jersey come opening day? After ending on bad terms with the Red Sox in 2012, it’s now time to see what exactly MLB season number nine has in store for Kevin Youkilis.
The third basemen played for the Chicago White Sox from June 24th to the end of the season last year. However, he was not able to get the team over the hump like general manger Kenny Williams hoped he would. It didn’t help that Youkilis was owed $13M if he were to return Chicago in 2013.
Youkilis now faces a new challenge, as he will be the opening day starter at third base in place of the injured Alex Rodriguez, who underwent hip surgery on December third. Rodriguez is scheduled to be out until the middle of June. After hitting a career-low .235 in 2012 Youkilis will have to improve upon making contact or the Yankees will go in another direction.
The potential is obviously there, as the 33-year-old is a Gold Glove winner, a three time All-Star and a career .283 hitter playing in one of the most brutal divisions in baseball. Heading back to the AL East, I believe Youkilis will have a suspect 2013, but will more than suffice for the Yankees until A-Rod returns.
Look for Youkilis to hover around .270 all season, and eclipse double-digit home runs for the seventh consecutive season. However, its unfair to ask him to be the Red Sox that caused the Yankees so much worry just three seasons ago.